The 2022 Western United States Pipe Band Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah and online on Zoom. A Games Sponsors Meeting will be held on Friday, October 21, 20222 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific / 8:00 p.m. MT in person at the Salt Lake City Little America Hotel and on Zoom.

Salt Lake City Little America Hotel
500 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

If you are a competitor and wish to be considered for regrading, please see Solo and Band Grading Information.

  • Submitting Bylaws and Contest Rule Proposals

If you wish to submit a proposal to change the Bylaws or Contest Rules, please read How to Write an AGM Proposal. All Bylaw and Contest Rule Proposals must be sent to the WUSPBA Executive Secretary 45 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Send submissions to:



The 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City and online on a Zoom platform.  Participants will check-in starting at 7:00 AM (Pacific) / 8:00 (Mountain).  The AGM will begin promptly at 8:00 AM (Pacific) / 9:00 AM (Mountain).

Friday Evening, October 21

6:00 p.m. (Pacific)/7:00 p.m. (Mountain)  50 Minute workshop

Stephanie Burns, Ph.D. noted author will speak on "Performance Anxiety, Procrastination, and Getting Rebooted After COVID".

There is a possibility of a follow up session on Saturday after the AGM with Q& A, if the AGM does not run too long.


  • Games Sponsors Meeting

8:00 p.m . - 9:00 p.m. discussing common issues and problems in running Piping and Drumming at Highland Games.  Q&A (1 hour).

Presented by the Office of Strategic Planning for Games Organizers (OSPGO)


Saturday, October 22

WUSPBA Annual General Meeting AGENDA

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8:30 AM to 8:59 AM – Check-In and Quorum Count
9:00 AM – Call to Order, Establish Quorum, and Introductions
9:10 AM – Approval of 2021 Minutes and call for New Business to be discussed
9:20 Welcome to the AGM - Jeff Mann, President

9:30 AM – Elections of Officers

  • Vice President - Jennifer DeBarr, (nominated)
  • Solo Registrar - Katie Strausser, incumbent
  • Sanctioning Secretary - Carol Duarte, incumbent

New Business

10:00 AM Proposed Bylaws and Contest Rule Changes for 2022

Bylaws Proposals

Break (10 min)

Contest Rule Proposals

Code of Conduct and Member Protection Policy Revisions

11:30 AM – Officer and Music Board Reports
Executive Committee

Branch Reports

12:00 AM – Lunch Break

1:30 AM – Games Organizer Reports

2:00 Music Board

      • Ken Sutherland, Chair, Music Board

2:20 PM – Council and Committee Reports

        • Education Council - Ryan Murray
        • Youth Education Council - Connor Studulski and Jeremiah Butterworth/Jennifer DeBarr
        • Office of Strategic Planning for Games Organizers - John Biggar
        • Press and Social Media Committee - Sue Jacobi
        • Website - Scot Gilbert

Closing Remarks and Adjourn


NOTE: All Printed Times Are Mountain

Time:10/23/2022 9:00 a.m. Mountain / 8:00 Pacific



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Time Instructor
Barry Shears
Jim McGillivray
Andrew Carlisle,Director of Piping, Carnegie Mellon UniversityAndrew Bova, PhD, Piping Instructor, National Piping Centre
9:00 – 9:50 AM Aires & 2/4 Marches Rhythmic Fingerwork Session One

NOTE: This session starts at noon Mountain Time

Andrew Carlisle, Director of Piping, Carnegie Mellon University: Competition Preparation,

What judges are looking for

10:00 – 10:50 AM Jigs & Reels Rhythmic Fingerwork Session 2

Piobarieachd Fingerwork Session 1

Note: This Session Starts at 1:00 p./m. Mountain Time

Andrew Bova, PhD, Instructor, National Piping Centre

Piping and Drumming Qualifications (PDQB)

11:00 – 11:50 AM Old takes on new tunes Piobaireachd Fingerwork Session 2

NOTE: This session starts at 2:00 Mountain Time

Andrew Carlisle

Director of Piping Carnegie Mellon University

Medley/QMM Construction




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Time Instructor:

Reid Maxwell, DS,Simon Fraser University Pipe Band

Instructor: Andrew Elliott, Tenor and Bass Drumming Instructor, St. Thomas Episcopal School, Lead Tenor Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band
9:00 – 9:50 AM Difference between Massed Band Scores & Real Drumming Scores Tenor Flourishing and Technique
10:00 – 10:50 AM Going from Marches to full MSR's & introduction to Hornpipe/Jig Tenor Rhythm
11:00 – 11:50 AM How to pull it all together, Snare, Bass & Tenor Wrapping it up:  Q&A